Friday 17 January 2020

Ick' looks worth a leap of faith

Ickworth and Billy Lee winning at the Curragh in May.
Ickworth and Billy Lee winning at the Curragh in May.

A really competitive renewal of the Group Three Al Basti Equiworld Mercury Stakes has attracted a full field at Dundalk this evening and a leap of faith is given to one of two juveniles in the race.

There is a notable British representation over for this €75,000 heat but it's Willie McCreery's ICKWORTH (8.15, Dundalk) that makes appeal.

Being a two-year-old filly, the Godolphin-owned runner gets all the weight allowances and thus only has 8st 4lbs on her back for the assignment and it could be an advantage she makes full use of.

Ickworth only ran last weekend at Newmarket and travelled well, but a return to the all-weather, where she won on debut earlier this year, could be the key for a filly that was well fancied for Royal Ascot before she had an incident with the stalls and didn't get to race.

It's a big weekend for trainer Denis Hogan who sends Ireland's most progressive horse, Make A Challenge, over for the British Champions Sprint and he can go there with the boost of a double this evening.

YUFTEN (5.15, Dundalk) can continue Hogan's good record in claiming races by taking the opener. The trainer has a strong hand in this apprentice race but Yuften looks the pick.

Later on the card, Hogan can win the Book Your Christmas Party At Dundalk Handicap with KASBAH (6.45, Dundalk) who he actually claimed from Aido McGuinness earlier in the year.

RECALL THE SHOW (6.15, Dundalk) can be another juvenile winner for Jessica Harrington and Shane Foley by taking the nursery, while CHAGALL (7.15, Dundalk) looks a good bet.


5.15 Yuften

5.45 Eminence

6.15 Recall The Show

6.45 Kasbah

7.15 Chagall

7.45 Fascinating Spirit

8.15 Ickworth

8.45 Fujaira King

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